Top positive review
Proven itself as a keeper! - altered the button line though
November 11, 2014
4 month update: These have definitely been doing the job for me during this '14-'15 winter snowpocalypse in Boston. While the jacket is light, it is big just in terms of sheer amount of material, so I prefer to wear it only when I'll mostly be outside and have it on the whole time, not when I'll be going in and out frequently (i.e. during classes) and have to carry it around. Just something to think about - you may want to have another in-between size/warmth winter jacket. When I am walking around in the elements though this jacket is a lifesaver for blocking wind and keeping my upper body really warm. I ended up altering the buttons as I had originally considered, replacing the diagonal style with a straight line for a better fit down by my legs, so hopefully that'll retain more warmth down in my lower body as well. If you do the same, take care not to sew the button by the pocket all the way through both layers so that you still have full access to the whole pocket. Now that I've used it quite a lot, I love how deep the pockets are for fitting misc. things and hiding my hands in at the same time (I even carried around a Moleskine journal a few times). While the jacket buttons up to the neck, you still need to wear a scarf on windy days because the hood is large and prevents the jacket from keeping warmth around your neck. Another factor to be aware of.
Original review Nov 11, 2014: Came exactly as I'd imagined from the photos, though it's worth noting that the hood is pretty large and I'm considering rolling it back when wearing it (see photos). The style is unique and versatile, the design nice and clean, and the red color fantastic. Feels satisfyingly warm - don't doubt it'll keep me toasty in the worst of winter. Perfect for those that want to brave winters with a jacket that offers fit, function, and style. I'm petite, 5'3", and usually a size small. I ordered up as suggested and I'm happy with the sizing. A medium reaches past my knees and feels perfect for being able to layer underneath. Having this in my wardrobe actually makes me excited for winter to come! Would definitely recommend for any winter fashionistas